RELEASE:

CONTACT:
IMMEDIATE

Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715
Tamara.Rollison@vdot.virginia.gov

Paula Miller 757-925-1660
Paula.Miller@vdot.virginia.gov

HRO-102446

June 24, 2016



ROUTE 460 PROJECT SOUTHEAST VIRGINIA FINAL SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Highway Administration have issued a Notice of Availability

RICHMOND – The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have issued a Notice of Availability of the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Route 460 Project Southeast Virginia. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following the Notice of Availability, published on June 24, 2016.  After the close of the comment period and consideration of any comments received, a permit decision from USACE is anticipated.

Following the issuance of a Draft SEIS in September 2014, the Final SEIS is the next step in the environmental review process, under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, and provides decision-makers with information about the Project to help them decide whether or not to advance it. Comments received during the public comment period on the Draft SEIS have been considered and addressed in the Final SEIS. The Final SEIS provides a detailed description of the development and identification of the FHWA/VDOT Preferred Alternative, which was first presented during VDOT’s May 2015 public meetings.

If a favorable permit decision from USACE is received, the Project will also be scored under SMART SCALE: Funding the Right Transportation Projects in Virginia (formerly, Virginia House Bill 2). In addition, a Record of Decision on the Final SEIS must be received from FHWA. Once the necessary environmental decisions have been made and the Project is scored, the Commonwealth Transportation Board will decide whether or not to advance the Project.

The Final SEIS may be viewed at the following link: http://www.route460project.org/learn_more/seis_final_docs.asp. A printed version of the Final SEIS may be viewed during business hours at the following locations:

VDOT Offices:Hampton Roads District:1700 North Main Street Suffolk, VA 23434 757-925-2500Petersburg Residency (Prince George) 4608 Boydton Plank Road Petersburg, VA 23803 800-367-7623Williamsburg Residency (Surry) 4451 Ironbound Road Williamsburg, VA 23188 800-367-7623Richmond District 2430 Pine Forest DriveColonial Heights, VA 23834804-524-6000Franklin Residency (Isle of Wight, Southampton, Sussex) 23116 Meherrin Road Courtland, VA  23837 800-367-7623Public Libraries:

Isle of Wight

Windsor Branch - Blackwater Regional Library

18 Duke Street, 

Windsor, VA 23487

757-242-3046

 

Sussex County

Wakefield Branch - Blackwater Regional Library

100 Wilson Avenue

Wakefield, VA 23888

757-899-6500

 

Southampton County 

The Walter Cecil Rawls Library

22511 Main Street Courtland, VA 23837 

757-653-2821

 

Surry County

Surry Branch - Blackwater Regional Library

270 Colonial Trail East 

Surry, VA 23883

757-294-3949

 

Prince George County

Prince George County Library

6605 Courts Drive

Prince George, VA 23875

804-458-6329

 

Project Background: 

 

The overall purpose of the Route 460 improvements is to construct a facility that is consistent with the functional classification of the corridor, sufficiently address safety, mobility and evacuation needs, and adequately accommodate freight traffic along the Route 460 corridor. Support for such improvements is based on identified needs to address roadway deficiencies, improve safety, accommodate increasing freight traffic, reduce travel delay, provide adequate evacuation capability, improve strategic military connectivity, and support local economic development plans.

 

Online resources:

 

Route 460 Project Southeast Virginia Website: www.Route460Project.org

 

Final SEIS: http://www.route460project.org/learn_more/seis_final_docs.asp

 

Federal Register: 
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/06/24/2016-15008/environmental-impact-statements-notice-of-availability

 



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